Crop News

Peak Asparagus Season Continues In South America


United States

Diced Carrots are being processed and to date the yields and quality are normal.    Our overall vegetable season in the Pacific Northwest was good with no major hiccups to report, however the market is farily tight due to demand from the Midwest region and Europe.

Potatoes in the Northwest began about a week later than usual.   Autumn wet and cool weather set in during the last days of September into October.  The season in Washington and Oregon are completed with average yields and good quality.  There are still potatoes in the ground in Idaho that will not be harvested as winter weather has already set in and this may affect the availability of Idaho potatoes.

Weather in the Midwest area has not been ideal with much rain and various storms in spring and early summer. Plantings on all crops there were slow and delayed.  Sweet corn harvest in the Midwest ended 3 weeks later than last season and overall many of the crops in the Midwest this season proved to be a challenge.   Processors throughout the Midwest are on the market for green peas and corn and the struggle will be to get to 2020 season as all products are in short supply.


Rain and cold weather slowed down much of the Canadian potato crop.   The province of Manitoba ended their potato harvest sooner than anticipated due to frost hitting the area in early November.   The rains in that area delayed harvest and prevented farmers from getting all of the crop out of the ground before the frost arrived.  Two processors in the area will be affected by this outcome and surplus potatoes coming from Idaho to make up the shortage is unlikely this season due to winter weather arriving in Idaho early this season.


Broccoli and Cauliflower growing regions are coming out of their rainy season with the forward forecast calling for sun and warm temperatures.  Transplantations were ramped up in an effort to be in peak production during the very busy holiday season November / December.   However earlier rains have affected the cauliflower crop reducing the early yields of cauliflower and supply is still not where processors would like to see it.


Peak Broccoli season in Guatemala has been difficult this year.   There was drought at the beginning of the season and then rain during middle late season.   Some factories are only running at 50% capacity and the broccoli season will end sooner this season.   We expect broccoli harvest to wind down this month.


Mango season in Peru is beginning and all indications point to a good season this year.


Asparagus season continues in Chile, while the outlook for Chile’s blueberry season is excellent this year due mostly in part to the addition of hectares of plants that are now bearing fruit.   Strawberry season is also underway, and demand is high due to the poor strawberry season in Mexico and California this year.


Reported by NAPMN, Japan imported 1.8 million pounds more french fries than its previous July – September 2018 quarter making the total imported amount from North America 188.8 million pounds.   Potatoes from Europe to Japan dropped approximately 3%.  Japan has been the largest french fry importer on the global market, however during the last 5 years, Brazil is now proving to gain this position.


Potato yields are reported to be down, however not as low as last season.  Hard soil, results from the dry, hot summer, has slowed down harvest progress and another factor are that potatoes have not bulked up as anticipated which means lower yields.  Storage pipelines were empty when new season began, along with a growing demand from Eastern Europe for fresh potatoes will affect the volume of potatoes necessary to fill the factories at capacity.    Harvest movement has been slower than usual, particularly in The Netherlands and Belgium due to excessive recent rains and it seems that the harvest could keep going thru part of November when there is a threat of frost which could further reduce yields and damage quality.

Corn Peas and Beans will also be in tight supply from Europe due to the severe heat and drought over the summer months. Many processors there are out looking to buy these items.


Reported by Food news, Thailand’s raw material supply for can sweet corn is expected to be reduced by 20% – 30% due to the drought effects of the El Nino phenomenon.     Peak season corn, April to September was impacted due to lack of rain which reduced corn yields.   Dry weather is expected again commencing October which will impact other crops in Thailand.   Thailand’s sweet corn prices are expected to rise.


Zhejiang Province

Lotus root harvest has begun, with peak season ongoing.   Both broccoli and cauliflower are in the transplant stage with harvest of some early fields commencing. Plantings for sugar snap peas and pea pods has begun.

Fujian Province

Autumn crop edamame season is ongoing. Water chestnut season is now underway.

Shandong Province

Fall broccoli and cauliflower season now being harvested.
















North American Potato Market Newsによると、日本の今年第3四半期のフライドポテトの輸入量は、前年同期よりも180万ポンド(約816トン)多くなりました。北米からの総輸入量は1億8,880万ポンド(約8万5,600トン)に上っています。ヨーロッパからの輸入ジャガイモは、約3%減となっています。日本は世界最大のフライドポテト輸入国であり続けてきましたが、過去5年間はブラジルがこの地位を奪っています。














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